How to be happy: a memoir of love, sex and teenage confusion

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Burton, David. 2015. How to be happy: a memoir of love, sex and teenage confusion. Melbourne, Australia. Text Publishing Company.
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How to be happy: a memoir of love, sex and teenage confusion

Book CategoryAuthored book
ERA Publisher ID3429
Authors
AuthorBurton, David
Year2015
PublisherText Publishing Company
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9781925240344
9781922253156
Web Address (URL)https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/how-to-be-happy
Abstract

A funny, sad and serious memoir, How to Be Happy is David Burton’s story of his turbulent life at high school and beyond. Feeling out of place and convinced that he is not normal, David has a rocky start. He longs to have a girlfriend, but his first ‘date’ is a disaster. There’s the catastrophe of the school swimming carnival—David is not sporty—and friendships that take devastating turns. Then he finds some solace in drama classes with the creation of ‘Crazy Dave’, and he builds a life where everything is fine. But everything is not fine.

And, at the centre of it all, trying desperately to work it all out, is the real David.

How to Be Happy tackles depression, friendship, sexual identity, suicide, academic pressure, love and adolescent confusion. It’s a brave and honest account of one young man’s search for a happy, true and meaningful life that will resonate with readers young and old.

Keywordsdepression in adolescence; adolescence; happiness
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470531. Young adult literature
Byline AffiliationsNo affiliation
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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